Monday, August 13, 2007


Things are going to get pretty quiet around here for the next few weeks. I'm leaving on Friday for New York (just outside the city) for two weeks to visit my daughter and her family so I need to organize for this. I'm taking my laptop with me and hopefully I'll be able to post something. I'll be a bit irregular visiting you all, my blogfriends, but I hope to leave my Westie avatar in your comments sections occasionally and I certainly will be thinking about you all. I won't have time to write anything intelligent or witty, but to keep you interested in coming back I have decided to post, daily or every second day, a series of photos showcasing Vancouver. I'm calling this series of posts Temptation.

The Marina at Granville Island, a mixture of pleasure craft
and fishing boats
Water and mountains are the trademark of Vancouver
The large yellow building top right is Bridges, a seafood restaurant with
a huge deck overlooking the marina. Click on the link to see close up.

I'm trying to tempt you all to come by and visit me at one of the most beautiful spots in the world. I'd love to meet the wonderful people I've encountered in the blogosphere from all over the world. In fact, Lady Mac, of Braveheart-does-the-Maghreb, world traveller extraordinaire, currently resident in Morocco, is coming here in October to attend a writers' festival and she'll be able to assure you that what I say is true. We plan to have dinner together and I am so looking forward to meeting my blog friend in First Life, so to speak.

So when you see the Temptation label in your Bloglines feed or Google reader expect to see a photo of Vancouver. On my travels I'll be gathering material for posts that hopefully will be of interest to you.


Ian said...

Hi jmb,
I hope you have a good time in New York and look forward to your tempting images of Vancouver.

Josie said...

JMB, have a wonderful time in New York. I love New York City. Paris is the centre of the universe, and New York is the centre of the world.

I love Bridges too. If we ever get around to having a blogging reunion, we should definitely hold it there.


Tuscan Tony said...

I love Vancouver. My first visit coincided with a sort of sea/city fog, so I was taken to my hotel surrounded by swirling mist and no views at all. The next morning I nearly fell back into my room on opening the windows to see I was surrounded (or so it seemed) by the most dramatic mountains I can remember.

Fine food and people, too. Shame its so far from Tuscany!

Tuscan Tony said...

I've updated the Vinci pic for you!

RUTH said...

Alas I think my visits will only be via the blog but shall look forward to your temptations. Have a wonderful time while you're away :o)

Eurodog said...

if you see the Saw Lady do say hello from. I posted a comment on her blog shortly after you introduced us to her.
You know what I feel about BC. One day I am sure I will visit.

Graf von Straf Hindenburg said...

Temptation indeed. Anticipating with pleasure. Few pics of NY too?

Janice Thomson said...

What a marvelous idea and title Jmb...look forward to these posts. Have a great time in New York.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Have a lovely time and I look fiorward to more photos of Vancouver and to your posts upon your return. Buon viaggio.

leslie said...

This is a fab idea, jmb! At the moment, I have a post about the Capilano Suspension Bridge - seems like everyone likes to see photos and hear about our beautiful city of Vancouver! I've not yet made it to New York City (although have been to the Adirondacks - gorgeous!) so have a wonderful time for both of us. :D

lady macleod said...

I love it when you go on a trip, that means lots of fun posts for us. I can't wait to see what you find in New York.

I am looking forward to my visit, and most of all because I get to meet you and the Professor - think he will listen to my string theory rant?

I like what josie said, it's so true - Paris is the center of the universe, and New York is the center of the world. That's where Q will be come September.

I'm over here procrastinating... I must get back to work on my papers.

Have fun!

jmb said...

Hi Ian,
Vancouver is tempting. Lots of people come from Europe, fall in love and come back again. Not so far over the pole.

Hi Josie,
I like NYC, there's so many wonderful museums and galleries.
Let's do our local blogging convention at Bridges in the Fall.

Hi TT,
The mountains that rise out of the water is what makes this place so special. You are right about the food, we have an abundance of reasonable excellent restaurants.

Hi Ruth,
Maybe you'll win the lottery one day and come by. The gardens here are spectacular.

Hi Eurodog,
Saw Lady will be in Israel when I am there unfortunately. I wanted to ask for her schedule for I would have looked her up but she's gone off now.

Hi James,
I don't have a great selection in my photo archives, but enough to do for two weeks. I'll be looking for things to interest my readers while I am gone.

Hi Janice,
Thanks for your good wishes, watch for the photos or anything else that takes my fancy.

We'll have fun with my granddaughter and also hope to get about in NYC too. I hoping for a few days in Philadelphia as well.

Hi Leslie,

I went to see your post. You are a good tourist advocate for Vancouver too. I can't walk on that bridge, I am too scared. I take all my visitors and send them across but hide in the gift shop myself.

Hi Lady Mac,
I hope I can find something interesting on this trip for the blog.
I'm looking forward to you coming too. I'm sure we'll both be mesmerized by whatever you rant about. Back to work.

regards to you all and thank you for coming by and commenting.

Ian Lidster said...

Ah -- the really 'big smoke'. As I said to a friend who just left for NYC, please 'give my regards to Broadway, remember me to Herald Square ..."
Good for you.
Look forward to hearing your tales.

PS Thanks for all your help

Gledwood said...

Have a great time!

I just deleted a load of bluster about Macy's ... I don't know I can be highly irrelevant sometimes ...

Gledwood said...

bon voyage!!

Anonymous said...

Dear JMB,

If you are leaving this Friday for a 2 week stay in NY - that means you will still be there on August 27th and 29th - my next scheduled days for playing in the NYC subway! Please let me know if you might be in NYC on those days between 12noon and 3pm. I have asked for permits for those days and as soon as the permit arrives I'll be able to let you know exactly where in the subway I will be.
It would be so cool to meet you!

Have a wonderful trip,
all the best,

Saw Lady

Lee said...

Enjoy New York, jmb. Coincidentally, I've just written my latest chapter of my saga "Reaching Out To The City Lights" with the mention of NY in it. :)

Hurry will be missed.

jmb said...

Hi Ian,
I'm afraid that my daughter lives outside NYC, however we do go down to visit the big Apple a few times while we are there.

Hi Gleds,

How are you doing? I hope it's cooler there for you. Thanks for your good wishes.

Hi Saw Lady,
I didn't know you would be back at the end of August. I'm not sure if we will be going to Philadelphia then. I'll email you again and check.

Hi Lee,
I'm off to read your latest after this. I get to be a grandmother again, which is fun.

Vic Grace said...

Hope you have a wonderful visit with your daughter.

I have something for you over at my blog.

jmb said...

Hi Vic Grace,
I just went over there and now I'm back. Congratulations yourself, well deserved and thanks for thinking of me.

ipanema said...

Hey, enjoy yourself! I'll be looking forward to your photos! You know I think you have an eye for it.

Take care! :)

jmb said...

Hi ipanema,
I hope we will have fun. Going to visit Philadelphia for the first time too.
I shall be clicking everything in sight with my camera but probably deleting 90 percent of it later.

Liz said...

So many people I know have visited Vancouver and Vancouver Island, and travelled into the Rockies; I am very envious. I keep saying to Husband, 'let's go there,' but things like weddings and our kitchen falling apart seem to keep taking our money!

Have a lovely time with your family.

jmb said...

Hi Liz,
Vancouver is a popular destination for people from your part of the world. I have to say the Rockies are equally worth visiting, since they are magnificent too.
Maybe you'll win the lottery and you can do the kitchen and travel afar.

MedStudentWife said...

Bit late - but have a great trip !!!

I'll be looking forward to your picts & news about the "saw lady" if you get a chance to meet her.

That would be really neat

jmb said...

Thanks. Do you know I am going to miss Saw Lady? She emailed me that she would be playing on August 27th but I will be in Philadelphia that day.